How the new field of data science is grappling with ethics | SmartPlanet

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Academic programs are popping up to meet the demand by companies like Google and Facebook, and even the government, to analyze data. What are they tea

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

“Generally speaking, fields such as statistics, computer science and the hard sciences don’t teach ethics,” says Dr. Rachel Schutt, an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. “There are privacy concerns, such as how much corporations and the government should know about individuals…. But software engineers [are taught] about the elegance or the mathematical beauty of the thing that they’re building, not how it will affect people’s lives.”

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